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    Ok, So I ordered a computer and then they delayed it for two weeks...needless to say I canceled it. So, after listening to everyone say I should build my own and that it is not that hard.....I need some advice.
    I have put together a list of items for the rig I want to build and I need to know if they are all compatible and if I have left anything out. I would also like some general advice on the items I have chosen. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Asus P7P55D LE Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, CrossFire, 2133MHz, DDR3

    BFG GeForce 9800 GT Video Card - 1024MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support

    Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, Copper Cold Plate, Aluminum Radiator, LGA775, LGA1366, LGA1156, AM2/AM3

    Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel

    Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium PCIe Sound Card

    Intel Core i7 860 Processor - 2.80GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail

    Lite-On DVD-ROM - 18x DVD-ROM, 48x CD-ROM, ATAPI/E-IDE

    Coolmax CUL-850B Power Supply - 850-Watt, 140mm Blue LED Fan, Semi-Modular

    Western Digital WD15EADS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 3.5", 1.5TB, SATA 3G, 32MB Cache

    Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Special Edition ATX Full Tower Case - ATX, 7x Expansion Slots, 2x 120mm Fan Ports, Acrylic AMD Dragon Side Pane

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD

    Total cost is $1309.00.

    Just a newbie trying to build a system........anyone?



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    Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

    Unless you are going to get a more powerful video card, you don't need that much power in the power supply. A 650-750 Watts should be more than enough. I also would recommend getting a better video card (such as a ATI Radeon 5770)

    Otherwise looks good :)

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    • #3
      Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own
      • Get a better videocard
      • Change to lower watt PSU(500-600) from a reliable brand
      • Unless you need the couple extra features -->Save money - get Win 7 Home 64bit
      • Get a better harddrive - the green line is a slower line of harddrives created in the name of saving power/etc. Consider a 1TB Caviar Black or 1TB Samsung F3
      • You can get faster ram for the same price - see here - or even cheaper if you switch brand
      • Change to a SATA drive - if you want a burner note you did not choose one
      • Case is expensive - consider alternatives
      • Look at combo deals - usually you can find some good ones.


      Here is a good economical HD-PSU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.328606

      Here you can get a better motherboard without paying much extra through a combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.338968

      Here is the same motherboard in a i5 combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.338965 (best bang for $))
      Last edited by FBmantis; 02-10-2010, 04:10 PM.
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      • #4
        Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

        Thankxm I am toying around with this and as you can tell.....not sure exactly what I am doing. LOL! I will check those links and post a new version. Really appreciate the feedback.



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        • #5
          Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

          Why do you need water cooling, it sounds like a neat thing to have but is it really necessary? Spend that on a case with good cooling and the things you really need which I think was covered in the above posts.

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          • #6
            Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

            OK, taking the advise above I have a new configuration. Please let me know what you input is on this one.

            A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail

            Asus P7P55D LE Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, CrossFire, 2133MHz, DDR3

            Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, Copper Cold Plate, Aluminum Radiator, LGA775, LGA1366, LGA1156, AM2/AM3

            Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium PCIe Sound Card

            Gigabyte SUMO 4192 Full ATX Tower Case - No PSU, Aluminum, MicroATX, 3x Blue LED Illuminated Silent Fans, Transparent Side Panel/Vent

            Intel Core i7 860 Processor - 2.80GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail

            Lite-On SA22518X DVD Drive - 18x DVD-ROM, 48x CD-ROM, SATA

            Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English

            XFX Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV

            Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, 32MB, SATA-300

            Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty

            Final cost $1260.00

            Thankx for the input.



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            • #7
              Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

              I second the query about water cooling.. Why go so extreme? Are you going to be massively overclocking? You are a novice builder, so I don't see that in your immediate future..

              Everytime I build a new PC, I think on overclocking, but in the end, I never do it.

              3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.

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              • #8
                Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                Well, I was planning for the future, but can always drop it. Not sure what to do to ensure a cooler system, I do know that heat kills. Suggestions?

                Again, thanks for the input.



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                • #9
                  Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                  Just buy a good aftermarket cooler for your CPU and/or GPU and make sure your case is well ventilated if you are concerned about heat. That's all you really need. You probably should just go with the stock coolers. If this is your first time building a rig, then watercooling is overkill.

                  Also if money isn't too much of an issue look into getting an SSD for your main drive, and then get one of those green drives Mantis mentioned earlier as a secondary drive for you data/media or whatever.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                    So why are you set on the 4870?

                    5770 for around the same price, and also supports DX11.


                    Also, the H50 is a entry level water cooling system, and can be had for around $49.99 to $79.99, most cases this is the price of a high quality air cooler. So, I do recommend this, as I bought myself one.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                      I am not set on anything, that is why I am asking questions and for advice. I have upgraded my rig to the point where the only thing left is the processor....so now I want to build a new one.



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                      • #12
                        Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                        I'm not really able to lend a better hand in selecting parts, but you'll do fine with the build. I built my current computer rig alone, and with only a bit of hardware knowledge (I once watched someone installed a videocard and RAM for me!).

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                        • #13
                          Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                          A note on water cooling:

                          Unless things have changed dramatically, do not get the "all-in-one" kits or the cheap-o ones. They don't perform any better than an heatsink/fan of the same price. Often times they perform worse, are loud, or are crappy quality (and start leaking).

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                          • #14
                            Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                            The H50 is quite nice with its small and quiet profile. Plus since its a closed loop setup its not any harder to install than a regular air cooler - the thermal paste is a good brand and comes pre installed as well. Tad expensive at regular price at first glance but one needs to consider that the thermal paste is pre-installed and your getting a free fan. Bestbuy and Frys do run sales often as well.

                            I dug around a bit fubar. My suggestion is attached - there are some i7 860 combos to work with as well if you want the extra cpu power.(personally I don't think its worth the extra $80) I improved your motherboard, PSU, gpu(up for debate) and imo case while reducing the costs. The case is a nice new one by Cooler Master they just released with a lower shipping cost. After factoring in rebates and shipping your looking at about $1120 once you add a dvd drive.(couldn't find the one you listed)
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                            Last edited by FBmantis; 02-10-2010, 11:54 PM.
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                              Re: Got fed up, trying to build my own

                              Thanx Mantis, I will take a closer look when I get home from work and shoveling out another 18' of snow....lol



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